Rat poison causes D.C. terrorism scare

Just got a breaking-news email from ABC News with this rather scary headline: “WASHINGTON, D.C., CLOSES AT LEAST TWO GREEN LINE METRO STATIONS AS DEAD BIRDS ARE FOUND.” But based on the AP article, it doesn’t sound like terrorism:

Authorities have confirmed that the substance that killed up to 20 birds at the Greenbelt metro station and brought hazmat crews to three others is rat poison.

D.C. fire department spokesman Alan Etter says the metro will have to figure out if the poison was put out by an employee or contractor.

He says they “strongly suspect” that the same substance was responsible for the dead birds at Naylor Road, Anacostia and Takoma stations.

He says the birds from the D.C. stations are being packaged up and taken to the health department, since the rain and wind caused most of the substance to wash away by the time the fire department got there.

The discovery came shortly after noon today and caused the Greenbelt and Takoma stations to close during the investigation.

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